Table 3

Referrer characteristics (n=287)

Source of referral*%nMost frequent referrer group from each sourceDays from referral to death (median)
Community†45(129)Community Nurses7
Hospice‡35(101)Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialists7
Hospital§20(57)Discharge Planning Nurse Specialists10
  • *Missing data: referrer not documented for 34 patients.

  • †Community included nurse and general practitioners.

  • ‡Hospice included clinical nurse specialists and hospice doctors.

  • §Hospital included discharge planning nurse specialists and all other referrals from within the hospital.